Roth, Philip, 1933-2018

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Birth 1933-03-19
Death 2018-05-22

Biographical notes:

Author. Full name: Philip Milton Roth. Born 1933.

From the description of Philip Roth papers, 1938-2001 (bulk 1960-1999). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70982313

Philip Roth is a popular and critically acclaimed American novelist. His observations on the Jewish experience in America, as depicted in such works as Goodbye, Columbus, and Portnoy's Complaint, show inventiveness and a singular sense of humor. Some observers find his works unnecessarily scatalogical and self-indulgent, others as an honest portrayal of the author's experiences and observations. One of the guiding themes in his work is a search for a personal and cultural identity.

From the description of Philip Roth letters and essays, 1952-1986. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 57659876

Biographical Note

  • 1933, Mar. 19: Born, Newark, N.J.
  • 1950 - 1951 : Attended Rutgers University, Newark, N.J.
  • 1951 - 1954 : Completed B.A. in English, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa. Founding editor and contributor, campus literary magazine Et Cetera
  • 1954: Published first story, “The Day It Snowed,” in Chicago Review
  • 1955: M.A. in English, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1955 - 1956 : Served in United States army. Received medical discharge
  • 1956 - 1958 : Instructor, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1959: Married Margaret Martinson Williams (died 1968) Published Goodbye, Columbus and Five Short Stories. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co. Winner of National Book Award and Daroff Award of the Jewish Book Council of America
  • 1960 - 1962 : Visiting lecturer, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1962 - 1964 : Writer-in-residence, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.
  • 1963 - 1972 : Annual summer visits to Yaddo Artist's Colony, Sarasota Springs, N.Y.
  • 1965 - 1980 : Adjunct professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 1969: Published Portnoy's Complaint. New York: Random House
  • 1973: Published The Great American Novel. New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston
  • 1974 - 1989 : Founder and general editor, Penguin Books series Writers from the Other Europe
  • 1979: Published The Ghost Writer. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Initial work in the Zuckerman trilogy followed by Zuckerman Unbound (1981) and The Anatomy Lesson (1983)
  • 1986: Published The Counterlife. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Received National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction and National Jewish Book Award for Fiction of the Jewish Book Council
  • 1990: Married Claire Bloom (divorced 1994)
  • 1991: Published Patrimony: A True Story. New York: Simon and Schuster. Winner of National Book Critics Circle Award
  • 1993: Published Operation Shylock: A Confession. New York: Simon and Schuster. Won PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
  • 1997: Published American Pastoral. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co. Awarded Pulitzer Prize for fiction
  • 2000: Published The Human Stain. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co. Received W. H. Smith Literary Award and other honors
  • 2001: Received Gold Medal for Fiction, American Academy of Arts and Letters Published The Dying Animal and Shop Talk. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co.
  • 2002: Awarded Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, National Book Foundation
  • 2004: Published The Plot against America. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co.

From the guide to the Philip Roth Papers, 1938-2001, (bulk 1960-1999), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)


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  • Jews--United States
  • Artist colonies
  • American literature
  • Psychological fiction
  • Jews
  • Artist colonies--New York (State)--Saratoga Springs
  • Male authors, American--20th century--Correspondence
  • Middle aged men--Psychology--Fiction
  • Authors, European


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